Franz Josef Glacier

West Coast

West Coast


  • Walk to glacier lookout
  • Nearby rainforests, waterfalls and lakes


The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area.

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Franz Josef, West Coast

By Tourism New Zealand

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An epic glacier experience, West Coast

By Julian Apse

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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

By Fraser Clements

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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

By Matt Crawford

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NomadnearFranzJosef, New Zealand

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Franz Josef Glacier Track,, West Coast

By J Kennett

Franz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a 1.5 hour walk will take you to within 750m of its terminal face. 

If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a guided ice walk or a heli-hike. Aerial sightseeing is another option.

There's a range of natural attractions in close proximity to Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lose yourself in the rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes.

In the town you’ll find plenty of places to stay and eat, or relax at the Glacier Hot Pools or explore the wildlife centre. At nearby Lake Mapourika, you can take a kayak tour or rent a stand-up paddle board.

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